Proverbs 30 & 1 Timothy 1

Proverbs 30

    The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.

    The man declares, I am weary, O God;
        I am weary, O God, and worn out.
    Surely I am too stupid to be a man.
        I have not the understanding of a man.
    I have not learned wisdom,
        nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
    Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
        Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
    Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
        Who has established all the ends of the earth?
    What is his name, and what is his son's name?
        Surely you know!
    Every word of God proves true;
        he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
    Do not add to his words,
        lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
    Two things I ask of you;
        deny them not to me before I die:
    Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
        give me neither poverty nor riches;
        feed me with the food that is needful for me,
    lest I be full and deny you
        and say, “Who is the LORD?”
    or lest I be poor and steal
        and profane the name of my God.
    Do not slander a servant to his master,
        lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
    There are those who curse their fathers
        and do not bless their mothers.
    There are those who are clean in their own eyes
        but are not washed of their filth.
    There are those—how lofty are their eyes,
        how high their eyelids lift!
    There are those whose teeth are swords,
        whose fangs are knives,
    to devour the poor from off the earth,
        the needy from among mankind.
    The leech has two daughters:
        Give and Give.
    Three things are never satisfied;
        four never say, “Enough”:
    Sheol, the barren womb,
        the land never satisfied with water,
        and the fire that never says, “Enough.”
    The eye that mocks a father
        and scorns to obey a mother
    will be picked out by the ravens of the valley
        and eaten by the vultures.
    Three things are too wonderful for me;
        four I do not understand:
    the way of an eagle in the sky,
        the way of a serpent on a rock,
    the way of a ship on the high seas,
        and the way of a man with a virgin.
    This is the way of an adulteress:
        she eats and wipes her mouth
        and says, “I have done no wrong.”
    Under three things the earth trembles;
        under four it cannot bear up:
    a slave when he becomes king,
        and a fool when he is filled with food;
    an unloved woman when she gets a husband,
        and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.
    Four things on earth are small,
        but they are exceedingly wise:
    the ants are a people not strong,
        yet they provide their food in the summer;
    the rock badgers are a people not mighty,
        yet they make their homes in the cliffs;
    the locusts have no king,
        yet all of them march in rank;
    the lizard you can take in your hands,
        yet it is in kings' palaces.
    Three things are stately in their tread;
        four are stately in their stride:
    the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
        and does not turn back before any;
    the strutting rooster, the he-goat,
        and a king whose army is with him.
    If you have been foolish, exalting yourself,
        or if you have been devising evil,
        put your hand on your mouth.
    For pressing milk produces curds,
        pressing the nose produces blood,
        and pressing anger produces strife.

(Proverbs 30 ESV)

1 Timothy 1

    Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

    To Timothy, my true child in the faith:

    Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

    As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

    Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

    I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

    This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

(1 Timothy 1 ESV)

1 Timothy 1: The apostle Paul considers it an incredible privilege that Christ would judge him faithful and appoint him to His service even supplying the strength that he needs to serve the Lord well. Paul considers who he once was and now who Christ has made him to be, and he can’t help but be overwhelmed with the love and power of God that is mighty and merciful to save sinners like us. 

How much more power and productivity might we see in our own Christian life if we seriously sat and contemplated the incredible privilege of being called, commissioned and cared for by the eternal, immortal and all-powerful King of kings and Lord of lords?  

Paul gives praise, honor and glory to the Lord who reigns in power and yet still relates to us personally. May we stand in awe of our gracious and merciful God, and may our aim in service be a responsive love that comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. May we recognize who we once were and rejoice in who our Lord has made us to be.